India touts 30 percent rise in tiger numbers, but scientists say victory may be only on paper

April 17, 2015 7:02 AM

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India touts 30 percent rise in tiger numbers, but scientists say victory may be only on paper

In this April 12, 2015 photo, a tiger walks at the Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur, India. India’s tiger population has gone up 30 percent in just four years. The government lauded the news as astonishing evidence of victory in conservation. But independent scientists say such an increase - to 2,226 big cats - in so short a time doesn’t make sense. They worry an enthusiastic new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is misinterpreting the numbers, trumpeting false claims of a thriving tiger population that could hurt conservation in the long run. (AP Photo/Satyajeet Singh Rathore) (The Associated Press)

This April 12, 2015 photo shows tigers at the Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur, India. India’s tiger population has gone up 30 percent in just four years. The government lauded the news as astonishing evidence of victory in conservation. But independent scientists say such an increase - t...

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